Union Update – Feb. 24, 2013

Union Update – Feb. 24, 2013

Union Update – Sunday, February 24, 2013


  • Joint Negotiations Update
  • Telephone, Telegraph, Tell-a-Flight Attendant
  • S-CAL Flight Attendant Round Table Scheduled
  • Daylight Savings Time Begins March 10th
  • Reserve CCS Programing Errors
  • Flight Attendant Union Strengthens Partnership with Department of Transportation To Fight Human Trafficking (www.afacwa.org)

Joint Negotiations Update

Scheduled negotiations concluded in Seattle on Friday.  The next session is scheduled to begin March 18th in Houston.  Please visit www.ourunited.org for additional information and updates.

Telephone, Telegraph, Tell-a-Flight AttendantWe have approximately 1/3 of the s-CAL Flight Attendants signed-up for email updates – that is a low number.   Please print out and bring your weekly update with you on your trips so you can share them with your coworkers.  Inform them that if they sign-up at www.calafa.org they too can be informed.  It is vital that our Flight Attendants stay informed and involved if we are to achieve the positive results that the group demands.   We also want to thank our coworkers that receive these emails for their involvement and we hope that they can convince others to be involved too.

We also have Apps for iPhone and Android available for download from our website.  CALAFA was the first to have an App and it has been a huge success.  We are going to invest significant resources based on the popularity of our original version.  We are currently working on a new version with new and useful features that will be available from the Apple and Android markets.

(In an earlier version, the word ignorant was used in its pure definition form, it was not meant to be derogatory and we are sorry if it was taken that way.)

S-CAL Flight Attendant Round Table Scheduled
In accordance with the Labor-Management Partnership Agreement, the Union and the Company have expanded the LMP and formed a quarterly Flight Attendant Round Table meeting for LEC and MEC Union leadership and Management to meet and discuss issues that affect Flight Attendants.  The first meeting is to take place in Chicago on March 7th.

We intend to expand our LMP through the creation of Flight Attendant work life roundtables – and management has agreed.  We are working to create a new paradigm, one which has Labor and Management working together to ensure mutual success and prosperity.  It is only through real change and true collaboration that you can be assured of industry leading pay, benefits, retirement, and working environment.  Collaboration takes bravery and the understanding that Flight Attendants know our environment and our business better than anyone.

Change is not easy – change takes time, effort, and most importantly a belief in a new future.  True and collaborative change will also result in the following; stable employment, consistent growth of the business, progressively higher wages and benefits, and fewer contract violations and grievances.   Change is the key difference between needing to come to work and wanting to come to work.

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 10th
Just a reminder, at 2am on Sunday, March 10th, set your clocks ahead one hour if you are in a location that observes Daylight Savings Time.

Reserve CCS Programing Errors
The Company has finished the final programming for the contract changes negotiated in our current agreement.  Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, there have been some bugs in the code.  The Company has addressed the issues and we are monitoring to ensure there are no other bugs.

Flight Attendant Union Strengthens Partnership with Department of Transportation To Fight Human Trafficking (www.afacwa.org)
Chicago, IL – Addressing the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) annual Board of Directors convention, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood commended AFA for its collective dedication to combating human trafficking. Secretary LaHood emphasized the importance of proper training for Flight Attendants in order to identify possible victims and report potential trafficking to the authorities. AFA is among the network of partners working together with DOT and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to educate frontline transportation workers on how to help stop human trafficking.

“Flight Attendants play a key role in making our aviation system the safest in the world,” said Secretary LaHood. “From educating parents on the use of safety seats to helping guard against human trafficking, they are on the front lines when it comes to keeping travelers safe. Together, with increased awareness and training, we can help put a stop to human trafficking.”

“As aviation’s first responders, Flight Attendants are well positioned to observe, identify and report suspected cases of human trafficking. With the tools gained from proper training, coupled with constant vigilance, Flight Attendants can help stop criminals and save lives. We will continue to call on our airlines’ management to ensure that all Flight Attendants have access to enhanced training and resources that can potentially save others from a horrible life,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President.

The United Nations estimates that there are 27 to 30 million slaves in the world today. Each year 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across borders. However, cases of human trafficking are often under-reported making real, concrete statistics hard to calculate.

“AFA is grateful to work in collaboration with DOT and DHS on the fight to end the serious and heinous civil rights violation that is human trafficking. We thank Secretary LaHood for his leadership on this issue and for his commitment to ensuring that our aviation transportation system is safe for everyone,” added Shook.
That is all for now, fly safe.

In Unity,

Marcus N. Valentino
, President
Continental Master Executive Council